I've been looking for months, but was intending to get more serious about a purchase later in October/November after a few changes in my job. Since my timeline isn't urgent, I've been looking online at as many horses as I can find to get a sense of price range for horses of various sizes, ages, backgrounds, and training experience.
Briefly, I would consider myself an advanced beginner (can walk, trot, canter independently) and have been free leasing for about 1.5 years now. This would be my first horse I would own, and would be boarding for the first year while building a barn at home. If/when the horse came home, it would come with at least one pasture mate.
My goals are to be able to do training level dressage (to continue to understand the mechanics of "proper" movement for horse & rider) and be able to trail ride solo and in a group. I have dreams of long distance riding, but that would be in the future.
I know I want something on the smaller side- my lease mare feels perfect to me at about 14.2. I am only 5'3" and feel most comfortable both on the ground and in the saddle with something on the smaller side.
With all that out of the way, a horse I saw online today really got my heart beating a little faster. Here's a video of her undersaddle: macy english mvr - YouTube
There are some pics here
(scroll down until you get to "Mac Bee Happy"), but since they're clearly not confo shots, I didn't want to put them in that section.
This is all based on online viewing, and I need to decide if I like her enough to actually go see her a little sooner than I was expecting to start my "shopping."
Would love opinions about what you see as she moves undersaddle. I am somewhat familiar with this ranch, as a lesson horse at my barn came from there. They seem to be pretty straight shooters, and move a lot of horses every year. I think they get what first time owners are looking for, so while the price is on the high side, I think they're selling to the type of clientele that wants something trustworthy and steady.
What do you think?